Former Black Crowes Keyboardist Eddie Harsch Dies at 59

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Eddie Harsch, far left, photographed with The Black Crowes.

Former Black Crowes keyboard player Eddie Harsch died Friday morning (Nov. 4) at age 59. No information was available about the cause of death for the musician, who joined the Black Crowes in 1991 before the release of their sole No. 1 album, 1992's Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. He also appeared on 1994's Amorica, 1996's Three Snakes and One Charm, 1999's By Your Side and 2001's Lions. A tribute to Harsch was posted on the Facebook page for the Magpie Salute, the band formed by former Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson that featured the keyboardist.

"It is with the saddest of hearts that we bid farewell to our dear friend Eddie Harsch," Robinson wrote. "Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life. We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Eddie's family at this time. Let's honor him by celebrating his musical contributions to the world, and by sending positive thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Our hearts will forever remain with our musical brother."

Harsch played with the Black Crowes from 1991 until just before their breakup in 2002. The versatile musician, who was born May 27, 1957, in Toronto, Ontario, was back behind the keys from 2005-06 during the band's brief reunion. He also performed with the jam band Bulldog during the Crowes' hiatus, as well as garage rock band the Detroit Cobras.

Sad day.Eddie Harsh was one of the kindest and most talented people we've ever had the pleasure of knowing and the honor of playing with. Our hearts are heavy today. The Trews #Repost @richsrobinson with @repostapp ・・・ It is with the saddest of hearts that we bid farewell to our dear friend Eddie Harsch. Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life. We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Eddie's family at this time. Let's honor him by celebrating his musical contributions to the world, and by sending positive thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Our hearts will forever remain with our musical brother.

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Harsch in the Crowes' "Remedy" video: